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The Black Bird (1926)

The Black Bird





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A charitable and respected British clergyman leads a devious dual existence, by dark assuming the alternate identity of cunning criminal ringleader "The Black Bird." This melodramatic and characteristically grim Lon Chaney/Tod Browning collaboration stars "The Man of a Thousand Faces" in two distinct characterizations.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Waldemar Young, Tod Browning
On DVD: May 17, 2012

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Lon Chaney
as The Black Bird/The B...
Owen Moore
as West End Bertie
Doris Lloyd
as Limehouse Polly
Andy MacLennan
as The Shadow
Andy McLennan
as The Shadow
Eric Mayne
as Sightseer
Sidney Bracey
as Bertie's No. 1 Man
Sidney Bracy
as Bertie's No. 1 Man
Ernie S. Adams
as Bertie's No. 2 Man
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Critic Reviews for The Black Bird

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It's a good melodrama, excellently produced. Chaney handles his two parts well and Waldemar Young's scenario has been so constructed that the rather unique dual role is plausible at all times.

Full Review… | June 29, 2011
Top Critic

The movie tells a Jekyll-and-Hyde story, with criminal greed and opportunity replacing science as the catalyst of willing transformation.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Black Bird


Rather improbable tale (as many silents were) of a man being clever by leading two lives. A few brilliant scenes with a rather choppy storyline towards the end.

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